Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo, speaks to the media at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa Jan 10, 2013.
Credits: ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY
Shawn Atleo played a central role last week trying to heal divisions within his organization before meeting Prime Minister Stephen Harper to address a series of longstanding issues.
"There were many long conference calls, late-night meetings and frustrations in the past two weeks," Atleo wrote in a letter posted to the AFN website. "I regret to have to tell you that those long days have caught up with me. This weekend, my doctor ordered that I take some time now to rest and recover and I have agreed with my family that I do this now."
Atleo has left Regional Chief Roger Augustine in charge of the national executive and regional chiefs Jody Wilson-Raybould and Perry Bellegarde to continue treaty implementation and claims work.
It is unclear when Atleo will return to active duty.